For many businesses, a capable and durable fleet of vans is a necessity. At Pendragon Vehicle Management we have access to the majority of makes and models meaning we can provide whatever vehicle our customers need to suit their individual requirements, and even create bespoke vans for more specific needs. Struggling to choose? Take inspiration from our top ten most popular vehicles for the first half of 2015.
1. Ford Transit
For many years, the Ford Transit has been somewhat of a classic favourite in the van world. The new model offers a huge choice of wheelbases, cab-styles, roof-heights and engines, allowing companies to purpose-build their vans just for the job. Offering a long list of state-of-the-art technologies including Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Adaptive Cruise Control and Curve Control, the Transit also offers tools such as Smart Regenerative Charging to make the engines more fuel-efficient, leading to efficiency up to 43.5mpg. The Transit provides a maximum load area of up to 15.1m³, able to carry items of up to 4.2m long. Ultra-tough locks and sophisticated alarms help to protect both the load and the vehicle.
2. Vauxhall Vivaro
Slightly smaller than the Movano, the Vauxhall Vivaro can still easily handle bulky loads. Practical design is merged with comfort and convenience, with mobile-office features creating an indispensable workplace on the move. The useful tablet and laptop storage, removable clipboard, docking stations, keyless open-and-start function, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, electronic climate control and rear-view camera all help to make the Vivaro more than just a means of transport. Able to carry up to 1.2 tonnes, the model can reach a full width maximum load length of 2937mm.
For a closer look at the Vauxhall Vivaro, watch our video review.
3. Volkswagen Caddy
Offering a more compact van design with car-like convenience, the Volkswagen Caddy still offers a payload of 544kg and 1781mm x 1552mm x 1244mm maximum load size. The BlueMotion edition helps to shrink fuel costs with features such as engine start/stop, cruise control and low rolling resistance tyres, whilst delivering 61.4mpg (combined) and emitting 119g/km of CO². Safety features include ABS, driver airbag and the load adjusting Electronic Stabilasation Programme as standard, whilst the parking sensors, heated front seats, multi-function leather steering wheel mean that driver comfort isn't forgotten either.
4. Vauxhall Combo
As winner of the What Van? Light Van Award 2013 and 2014, the Combo is a compact vehicle which still offers a sizeable amount of space. Able to carry a class-leading payload of up to one tonne and a capacity of up to 3.4m³, load lengths reach up to 1,820mm on the L1. Standard equipment includes electric power steering with rake and reach adjustable steering column, power front windows, central locking, on-board computer and a 12V power outlet in the dashboard. The Driver Pack infotainment package can be added, including CD/MP3 CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, aux-in and USB connectivity, leather steering wheel and gear knob and pre-instalation for TomTom navigation system.
For a closer look at the Vauxhall Combo, watch our video review.
5. Vauxhall Movano
Heavy duty, the Vauxhall Movano is built for business. Offering superb space, extra comfort and flexible storage, the model offers a practical and well-equipped driving environment. Key features include Bluetooth connectivity, flat-folding middle seat back, air suspended driver's seat and electronic climate control. A Digital Tachograph can also be added, enabling fleet management data to be analysed by computing driving and rest time. Maximum loadspace volume reaches 7.0-13.9m³, with maximum load area at 1700-2144 x 1765mm.
For a closer look at the Vauxhall Movano, watch our video review.
6. Ford Transit Connect
As a more compact van, the Ford Transit Connect is tough, practical and reliable, providing up to 3.6m³ of loadspace. Up to 1000kgs of cargo can be carried, with the load-through bulkhead enabling long items of up to 3.4m long to be stowed. Fuel efficiency reaches 70.6mpg, with CO² emissions from 105g/km. Technological features include Ford SYNC, allowing voice activated calls and texts, parking sensors, rear view camera, turning lights and cruise control, with a Flexible Dual Front Passenger Seat enabling up to three people to be carried.
7. Citroen Dispatch
The Citroen Dispatch is engineered to adapt to difficult loads, different spaces and the everyday challenges faced by van drivers. Offering load length of up to 2.58m, load height of 1.75m, capacity of 7m² and payload of 1200kg, the Dispatch is also fitted with wide sliding doors to load Euro pallets. The back swing doors open to 180 degrees, and the vehicle is the best in its class for low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Technological features include the Connecting Box for Bluetooth system and USB socket, Grip Control serving optimum traction in all conditions and cruise control with speed limiter.
8. Iveco Daily Chassis Cab
The Iveco Daily Chassis Cab combines strength with lightness, comfort and driveability, being the only vehicle in its class with gross vehicle weight of up to 7.2 tonnes and payloads of up to 4900kg. The Daily isn't lacking in technology either, being equipped with the new QUAD-LEAF front suspension system, the EcoSwitch, EcoMac and alternator to contribute to fuel consumption reduction of 5.5% and the HI-MATIC automatic transmission, which provides the lowest possible running costs.
9. Toyota Hilux
If you're on the look-out for a pickup, you can't go far wrong with a Toyota Hilux, with over 13 million having been sold around the world since 1968. Rugged good looks combine with high clearance, robust suspension and great off-road abilities, plus a solid chassis makes the Hilux durable enough to carry the heaviest of loads. Features such as the 'Roll n Lock' tonneau cover, privacy glass, Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system and back camera monitor set the Hilux apart, with a wide variety of pickup accessories available to fulfil any loading requirements. The Hilux Diesel 2.5D-4D 144 emits 193g/km of CO2, reaching up to 43.45mpg.
10. Renault Kangoo
The Renault Kangoo provides a compact vehicle feel yet with oodles of space. Customisable to your specific requirements, the Kangoo is available in three lengths with two, three or five seats. A folding passenger seat takes the loading length up to 2.9m or serves as a table, whilst a sliding rear roof flap makes transporting long items possible and a host of innovative storage areas includes a 15 litre glove box. Further options include the Building Site Pack, increased payload, partitions, ply lining and multi-positional bulkhead. The Kangoo isn't lacking in technological features either, including a reversing camera built into the sun visor, cruise control, speed limiter, hill start assist and Grip Xtend traction control. The Energy dCi 75 and 90 engines offer optimum energy performance, with fuel consumption of 4.3l per 100km and emissions of 112g of CO² per km.